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Music, All Shook Down We Talked to Lou Barlow About Anxiety, Ukulele, and His New Solo Album 'Brace the Wave'

We Talked to Lou Barlow About Anxiety, Ukulele, and His New Solo Album 'Brace the Wave'

Lou Barlow doesn’t deal in easy answers. Across his work in Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, and a number of other musical projects, including solo releases, Barlow has amassed an astounding catalog of music. Speaking with him, he is cautious to…
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Music, Hear This Sebadoh: Show Preview

Sebadoh: Show Preview

When Lou Barlow exited Dinosaur Jr. and formed Sebadoh in 1989, it was impossible to know or predict just how important his new lo-fi project would become. The influence of albums like III, Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock,…
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Music, Hear This Dinosaur Jr.: Show Preview

Dinosaur Jr.: Show Preview

Even Dinosaur Jr. singer/guitarist J Mascis will admit that 1988's Bug isn't his favorite of the band's original albums — he prefers You're Living All Over Me, and for good reason. But if Bug did arrive just after the Amherst,…
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Music, Hoppin' Up and Down

Hoppin' Up and Down

Listening to "Showtape '91," the nearly 12-minute compilation of self-deprecating concert intros that closes the bonus disc of demos, remixes, and outtakes that's part of the recently reissued/remastered/expanded version of Sebadoh's III, is good for a load of laughs. Revisiting…
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Music, Reviewed Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr.

One great thing about history is examining why something happened and how it continues to impact more recent developments. Take Dinosaur Jr., which is generally acknowledged as one of the American indie-rock bands of the mid-1980s -- but why? Now…
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Music, Reviewed Lou Barlow

Lou Barlow

The name Lou Barlow always comes up when discussing low-fidelity indie rock, so it's odd that he's never put out a solo record. A crucial part of Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, and early Dinosaur Jr., Barlow has made records by himself…
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Music, <B>The New Amsterdams</B><BR>

The New Amsterdams

While the New Amsterdams are a Get Up Kids offshoot, the band doesn't belong to the same dreaded indie subgenre as its emocore parent. Instead, songwriter Matthew Pryor's side project has plenty in common with that harbinger to all things…
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Reviews

Sebadoh The Sebadoh (Sub Pop/Sire) Over the last decade, Lou Barlow's band Sebadoh has become synonymous with the type of heartsickness that usually motivates folks to climb out onto building ledges. With his steady, dark singing and open-wound lyrical style,…
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Racket

If you want to know what the rock 'n' roll lifestyle looks like during downtime, take a walk by the Phoenix Hotel some morning. It's a tiny L.A.-style oasis within the grimy streets of the Tenderloin -- a vision of…
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Live It Down

Sebadoh, Those Bastard Souls Fillmore Saturday, Feb. 8 Never mind their somewhat meritorious achievements on record -- Sebadoh are notoriously bad live. Guitarist and frontman Lou Barlow admits this, 'fessing to his dewy-eyed admirers on the Web, "I apologize to…
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Recordings

The Folk Implosion The Folk Implosion (Communion) Let's forget, for a moment, the widely subscribed to image of Dinosaur sidekick/Sebadoh honcho Lou Barlow as some sort of pioneer in the art of crude, experimental recording techniques. There is, after all,…
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